In January, Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. joined ETRMA as a Tyre Corporate member.

Prometeon Tyre Group joined ETRMA in September as an Affiliate Member.

Trelleborg acquired Mitas.

PTIA joined ETRMA as an affiliated member.

HTA joined ETRMA as an affiliated member from 6th March.

joined ETRMA as an affiliated member from 1st January.

Hankook Tire Europe
joined ETRMA Tyre Corporate membership from 1st January.

joined ETRMA Tyre Corporate membership from 1st January.

, European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers' Association, replaces BLIC.  This modernised structure and identity provides the tyre and rubber goods producers with the proper means to achieving the increasing challenges they face at European and global levels while anticipating further regulatory and market pressures.

ETRMA members are:

  • Apollo Vredestein, Bridgestone Europe, Continental, Cooper Tire, Goodyear-Dunlop Tires Europe, Marangoni, Michelin, Nokian Tyre, Pirelli Tyre and Trelleborg Wheel Systems.
  • National rubber manufacturers' associations of Belgium (Febelplast), Finland (RMAF), France (SNCP), Germany (wdk), Italy (Federazione Gomma Plastica), The Netherlands (NVR), Portugal (APIB), Spain (Consorcio) and Sweden (SGI).  United Kingdom (BTMA) is an affiliated member.

ETRMA represents 4.200 companies in EU25, employing 360.000 individuals with a turnover exceeding € 49 b while the exports do represent more than € 6.3 b. The product range of its members is extensive from tyres to pharmaceutical, baby care, construction and automotive rubber goods.

Setting-up of two Policy Committees with direct participation of companies, to steer Industry related agenda on tyres and on general rubber goods.
BLIC modernised its designation in "European Association of the Rubber Industry" to better reflect the reality of its mission and activities.

1984 - 1998
The Association has constantly increased its membership at the rate of the European construction with the adhesion of national rubber industry associations from UK in 1984, Spain in 1986, Luxembourg in 1994, Finland and Sweden in 1997 and opened to EU candidate countries with Hungary being in 1999 an associate member.  This led to the representation of the rubber manufacturing industry from 13 EU countries.

Two years after the signature in Rome of the Treaty establishing the European Community, rubber manufacturing associations from 5 founding Member States created the Bureau de Liaison des Industries du Caoutchouc-BLIC, based in Brussels in anticipation of the new opportunities that the ambitious European project could bring.